By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Mar. 15: The South Asian Women’s Conference is going to kick off in the capital on Tuesday with an objective of creating global solidarity to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls.
The conference titled “Resonating from South Asia in the world: Global norms to address violence against women and girls,” will analyse the existing policies and discuss the new global framework to end the violence against women and girls.
The conference is being jointly organised by National Human Rights Commission, National Women Commission (NWC), Women NGO Federation and Every Woman Treaty. Organising a press conference here on Monday, the organiser informed that hundreds of participants from South Asian region, including Nepal, are taking part in the conference.
The conference is expected to bring together diplomats, experts, and prominent women and human rights activities of South Asian region to examine existing and prospective solutions to violence against women, the organiser said.
Different dimensions of violence against women will be highlighted and emphasis will be laid on ensuring justice to the victims, the organiser said. Speaking at the press meet, Chairperson of NWC Kamala Parajuli said women, adolescent girls, women with disabilities, sexual minorities and marginalised communities were severely affected by violence.
“Cases of violence have increased globally compared to the past,” said Parajuli, adding, “The dimension of violence has changed. The issues like digital violence against women, violence caused by living relationship and violence against women working in entertainment sector are yet to be addressed.”
Speaking at the program, member of National Human Rights Commission Lily Thapa said the conference would discuss how the violence against Women and girls would be addressed globally. The conference aims to address the violence against women through a global treaty that has not been addressed by CEDAW, said Dr. Sashi Adhikary, President at Women NGO Federation.
Writer and Gender Right Activist Meera Khanna from India said the deeply rooted patriarchal structure of the society has increased the violence against women and girls. No family and society can move forward by violating women’s rights, she added.